The first thing that strikes you about Toronto's Blue Peter is that they're a lot of fun to listen to.
The second thing that hits you is that it all sounds a little familiar - sort of like Roxy Music.
But trailblazers are hard to find in the new music mode, and if dancin's on your mind, this Eastern Canadian fivesome definitely has a persuasive, foot-fidgeting quality.
The group - which plays the Mayfield tonight and the Highway tomorrow through Saturday - casts its shadow with the romantic, lanky figure of singer Paul Humphrey.
Leather cummerbund slashing his billowing shirt and pirate pants, he swashbuckles between the Teddy-Boy look of guitarist Chris Wardman and punkish bass player Rick Joudrey. Blue Peter revolves musically around Humphrey, too.
Catchy melodies, dreamy keyboards
The group's catchy melodies depend on his strong vocals and the dreamy keyboards of Jason Sniderman.
Using a reverb that sometimes gives him the artificially deepened quality of Dion or Fabian, Humphrey is compelling as he powers out the lyrics.